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April 28, 2014

NPD warns of drivers of impaired driving dangers

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department reminds everyone of the dangers of impaired driving and underage drinking.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office reports that in 2012, 37.7 percent of all the fatal crashes in Oklahoma involved alcohol. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that during 2011, 25 percent of youth aged 12 to 20 years drank alcohol and 16 percent reported binge drinking.

With the arrival of summer and end of the school year nearing, the Norman Police Department encourages the citizens of Norman to make intelligent decisions if you drink and to also discourage drinking by anyone underage. If you are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys. If impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a friend or family member.

If you drink and drive, not only do you risk your life and the lives of others, but the trauma and financial costs associated with an alcohol-related crash or arrest can be significant. Violators face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, increased insurance rates and other costs.

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